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Directed byDheeraj Sharma
Produced byDhirendre Khandelwal
CinematographyNeeraj Agnihotri
Edited byNeeraj Agnihotri
Release date
10 August 2016 (Serbia)
Running time
1h 7min

Nashebaaz: The Dying People of Delhi (English: Drug Addict) is 2016 Documentary film that was directed by Dheeraj Sharma. It surveys the lives of homeless drug and substance abusers in Delhi.[1] The roadside drug abusers that are called as Smakia and are often considered untouchable and nuisance to the society. This film took five years to be completed and had its premiere in Serbia in 2016.[2] In 2017, a clip from the film became popular, later becoming an internet meme.[3][4]


Nashebaaz explores the problem of drug addiction in homeless people in Delhi that has been overlooked for several years. People visit Delhi in search of work and a better life, but when they are unable to find work they end up living on the streets. They are eventually introduced to some highly addictive drugs like heroin, pharmaceutical drugs and inhalant drugs. And as a form of escapism they are entrapped into the quagmire of drug addiction. Some drugs are so cheap that can even be bought for five rupees. It was filmed over a period of 5 years, from 2011 to its release in 2016. Part of the reason it took that length of time was the unapproachable nature for homeless people.[5]


In 2017, a clip of the documentary became popular on the internet.[6] The kid featured in the documentary named Kamlesh that talked about his Solution Addiction became an internet meme and had more than 20 million views.[7] Dheeraj Sharma slammed the memes and called it very insensitive.[8][9] I

On 12, November, 2017 Uday Foundation tweeted to the CM of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, to come forward and help these addicts.[10][11][12]


  1. ^ Sharma, Dheeraj (10 August 2016), Nashebaaz, retrieved 30 January 2018
  2. ^ Vukašinović, Branko. "Movie Activism: "The Dying People of Delhi" i "Barehanded" u Kutiji šibica". InfoKG - Mesto gde se informišem (in Serbian). Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  3. ^ "You Have Met 'Nashebaaz Kid Kamlesh' Who Loves 'Solution'; Now Meet The Man Behind This Viral Video". dailybhaskar. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Nashebaaz Kamlesh: Another tragedy turns into a joke". Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Nashebaaz - The Dying People of Delhi". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Viral video of a 13-year-old ragpicker 'addicted to solution' shows a horrifying reality". The Indian Express. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  7. ^ Nair, Nithya (9 November 2017). "Stop Sharing Kamlesh Memes! Nashebaaz's Director Dheeraj Sharma Terms Trolls 'Insensitive'". Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  8. ^ "'Nashebaaz' director slams memes made on Kamlesh". Inshorts - Stay Informed. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  9. ^ "आपने भी शेयर किया है 'कमलेश' वाला विडियो, जान लें उसकी पूरी हकीकत - Navbharat Times". Navbharat Times. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  10. ^ "'कमलेश' के जिस वीडियो पर आप हंस रहे हैं, उसकी असली कहानी जान लीजिए". The Quint (in Hindi). Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  11. ^ "दिल्ली LG और केजरीवाल से अपील, 'कमलेश' को ढूंढे और मदद करें". (in Hindi). Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal, LG Anil Baijal asked to help Kamlesh, teenage drug addict seen in memes". Retrieved 29 November 2017.

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